The quiet, agricultural community of Shadow Island is suddenly beset by violence. A dead man and a live calico kitten are discovered floating in an old rowboat in Shallow Point Cove. Then Dan Uley's bookstore is firebombed. With a black cat.
Both men were gay.
Sheriff Johnson,Known to have harsh feelings toward gays, makes no progress in catching the culprit.
Lesbian couple and long-time residents, Megan Albright and Janie Sampson, fearing the rash of violence is not over and questioning the sheriff's effectiveness, begin investigating the crimes.
When their friend, Dan, is gruesomely murdered, they know time is running out to find his killer for there is no telling who will be the next to die.
They never thought the trail would lead to a well-liked young man that they both counted as a friend.